People Look East: Set the Table

People look East the time is near, Of the crowning of the year: Make your house fair as you are able, Trim the hearth and set the table. People look East and sing today, Love the guest is on the way! I'm definitely not alone when I say that I love all the special music … Continue reading People Look East: Set the Table

An Apocalypse of Presence: A Reflection for Advent 1, 2020

Well friends, we've made it to Advent once again. One of my most vivid childhood memories of this season is gathering with other children at the front of the church lighting an Advent wreath. In this tradition, each week of Advent, we would light one of five candles — three purple, one pink, and one … Continue reading An Apocalypse of Presence: A Reflection for Advent 1, 2020

The Movement toward Accountability

Today we come to the end of this series on eight movements of faithful growth with this reflection on the movement toward accountability. I have to admit that I'm grateful this is the last piece of the framework. It is a helpful place for the series to end since accountability ties the other seven movements … Continue reading The Movement toward Accountability

The Movement toward Trust in God’s Faithfulness

One of the recurring themes so far in this series on eight movements of faithful growth (a framework suggested by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au in their wonderful book The Discerning Heart) has been the need to ask how the specific kinds of growth we've been talking about are about faith. The post on … Continue reading The Movement toward Trust in God’s Faithfulness

The King’s Justice

Today is the last Sunday before Advent, and therefore the final Sunday of the Western Christian calendar, known as Christ the King, or Reign of Christ Sunday. It's fitting that the Church sets apart this day of endings and beginnings — the fulfillment and fruition of the whole year from Christmas, Epiphany, Easter and Pentecost … Continue reading The King’s Justice